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Seminar course 2a: Architectural Technology, Resolution, 5 Credits

Swedish name: Seminariekurs 2a: Arkitekturteknik, fördjupning

This syllabus is valid: 2019-08-26 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR424

Credit points: 5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Architecture: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå School of Architecture

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2019-03-11


Students who take the course will expand their knowledge and critical understanding of architectural technology, environmental comfort and choice of materials, as well as development and design of systems and details. Students will apply the knowledge acquired in "Seminar Course 1a: Architectural Technology, Sustainability and Environmental Impact" in or related to aspects of their design project in "Synthesis Course 2: Architecture and Urban Design Project, Resolution."

Expected learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief
  • demonstrate understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design
  • develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates the aesthetic aspects and the technical requirements of a building demonstrating adequate knowledge of the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements
  • have an understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques
  • investigate, critically appraise, evaluate select and apply alternative structural, technological, constructional systems, components and building materials in a practicable design proposal departing from the environmental impact of these choices
  • identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect

Required Knowledge

Admission to the course requires the completion of a minimum of 210 ECTS credits or equivalent, including the courses "5AR420 Synthesis Course 1", "5AR421 Seminar Course 1a" and "5AR422 Seminar Course 1b".

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work - carried out individually and in groups - and workshops.

Examination modes

Assessment in the course is based on presentations in seminars, critique sessions and a written assignment. 

A grade of Pass (G) or Fail (U) is awarded for the course. All mandatory oral, written and practical assignments must be finished and approved before the course can be successfully completed. 

Additional examinations are arranged for students who did not pass the original one. A student who fails two exams in a course or component is entitled to have another examiner appointed unless there are extraordinary grounds for not doing so (Chapter 6, Section 22, Higher Education Ordinance). The request for a new examiner shall be turned in to the director of the programme. 

Complementary assignments
A student who does not fully meet the the requirements to pass an examination but is close to a grade of Pass may, upon a decision by the examiner, receive a complementary assignment in order to meet the criteria. The complementary assignment shall be adapted to the particular outcomes that the student has not achieved. The examiner sets the deadline for handing in the assignment. 

Academic credit transfer
Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site ( and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.

Other regulations

This course may not be used towards a degree, in whole or in part, simultaneously with another course of similar content. If in doubt, consult the study counselor at Umeå School of Architecture.

Examination based on this course syllabus is guaranteed for two years after initial enrolment in the course.


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